manufacturers of Windsor, Carabela
and other brands:
This line of bicycles included
many models but is best known for their
Competition. They were produced in Mexico in the 1970s and early 1980s.
models used a similar frame but primarily differed in the components packages, the Pro
with Campagnolo Nuovo Record (pictured) and the Competition with Suntour. Similar
models were made bearing the
marque; the parent company being
Acer-Mex, a large domestic bicycle producer. The tubing was
Columbus and the workmanship generally was good. The lugs and seat stay attachment
looked very like Cinelli's top models, but unlike Cinelli, the fork crown was an external
box crown. Unfortunately, a few unethical owners have placed Cinelli decals on these
Beneath the Pro in the lineup was the
Carerra Sport, made of chromoly
tubing, sometimes Japanese Tange. Stylistically these bikes
differed greatly from the Pro & Competition, having fancier
stamped lugs and a more French-look in detail and featured
Japanese componentry as well.
very recent years,
this brand has reappeared on mail-order Chinese made bikes,
apparently as a result of a licensing arrangement.
On the right, an advertisement with the
unfortunate use of a
decaled as a Windsor, during
Eddy Merckx's epic Hour Record ride in Mexico.
"My first hand knowledge of
these bikes were in 1976 when as a member of my university's cycling team in
Guadalajara Mexico. (Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara) I went to Mexico City
to the factory (Windsor, aka Acer-Mex) and was custom fitted a Windsor pro bike.
The builder of these bikes was a gentleman by the name of Remo Vecchi, who had
worked for Cinelli in Italy, until he was brought over to Mexico to build these
bikes. It is this reason I believe why the Windsor Pros are virtual copies of
"At this time there was an extreme rivalry between another
Mexican Bike company by the name of Benotto. It was an opportunity that Acer-Mex
wanted to bring recognition for their bikes into the world market since it was
they who had paid for a large percentage of costs for the world record of Eddy
Merckx in Mexico City."
"Everyone knew that Mr. Merckx was not really riding a Mexican bike
but an Italian one, but since the general public did not know about this (bike
swap) Acer-Mex/Windsor just went along selling these bikes (Windsor Pros)
assuming the public believed he actually did ride a Windsor. Benotto had been
trying to get M. Merckx to go with them instead of Windsor. But like they say In
Mexico "with money dance the dog". It has been thirty years since I graduated
from my University and I still have my Windsor Pro. It is in mint condition and
I still ride it."
Daniel Jansen Torres
Details of the Pro model from old Bicycling Magazine test.
Steve Jorgenson's 23" Pro
Windsor Carrera Sport bicycle
Larry Black's Windsor Pro
(Later production from Mexico but listed in the Italian section)